Installation Lunch at Vintners Hall

Wednesday 3rd June 2015

As you read through past masters blogs everyone seems to share the same emotions. Pride, fear, trepidation and bewilderment are there in equal measure. All true in my case. It is a great honour to be asked to serve the Company as Master and I am looking forward to representing us wherever I can in the coming year. At the same time you realise, as you are centre stage for the first time, how unprepared you are. Having said that the support from the whole Company, Liverymen, the Court, the Past Masters, is overwhelming. You are almost carried aloft on a wave of good will amd as all of you have said, Enjoy it. And I will. Vintners Hall looked stunning and the lunch was superb. Searcy's, well known in the City for their excellent catering turned up trumps for us and everyone seemed to have had a great time. Our guest of honour, Colonel Tim Purdon of the Irish Guards gave us an entertainng account of his job as Clerk of the Cheque and Adjutant General of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms. The Mistress and I walked out into the sunshine well and truly installed and looking forward to the first event, the Livery weekend at Iron Bridge a few days away.